THOUSANDS of islanders are expected at Albert Pier on Saturday as dragon boat racing returns to Jersey. Organisers have put together 10 hours of entertainment for dragon boat racers and spectators to enjoy. This year’s Condor Ferries Dragon Boat Races, in aid of Jersey Hospice Care has attracted a record number of 56 teams, made up of approximately 1,100 people.

‘The weather looks like it will be kind to us and so we’re hoping to see as many people as possible down at the Albert Pier to watch the racing and enjoy the onshore entertainment. Thanks to sponsorship from Condor Ferries and organisational support from RBS International, all the money raised goes towards Jersey Hospice Care and every penny will help make a difference,’ said Group Co-ordinator and RBS International’s Internal Communications and Community Investment Manager, Linzi Duckworth.

On the water racing begins at 10am and there will be heats throughout the day until 4.30pm when the final race takes place. On land, a Chinese dragon will parade through St Helier from 10am until noon when it will move down to the Albert Pier to entertain the crowds. From 1pm, Royston South will be performing balloon magic and at 2.30pm there will be live music from Brave Yesterday. Having recently supported McFly and performed at Jersey Live, the band has been invited to play at Glastonbury next year. At 4.30pm the Calendonian Pipe Band will perform as the presentations to the winners take place. Then from 5pm for three hours, there live music from Wasted Youth, Isaac Evans, Jaime Boylan, Matt McManus and BeerKats. Food and drink stalls will be open all day with a percentage of takings being given to the Jersey Hospice Care.

‘It’s going to be a fantastic day with something for everyone. Last year's event raised more than £30,000 for Jersey Hospice Care and we are glad to be supporting such a worthy cause,’ said Condor Ferries’ Jersey Manager Steve Bailey.

At a glance

8am – 8pm Food and drink stalls open
10am – 4.30pm Dragon Boat racing
10am – 12noon Chinese Dragon going through St Helier
12noon – 1pm Chinese Dragon arrives at Albert Pier to entertain the crowd
1pm – 3pm Balloon Magic with Royston South
2.30pm – 3.30pm Live music from Brave Yesterday
4.30pm – 4.45pm Caledonian Pipe Band
5pm – 8pm Live music from Wasted Youth, Isaac Evans, Jaime Boylan, Matt McManus and BeerKats. Channel 103’s Steph Kent will be introducing the bands.